With historian Norm Christie as our guide we explore the battlefields, cemeteries, and monuments of the First World War. In their own words, the men who fought tell their stories, and we discover how the na?ve, amateur soldiers of 1914 became, by 1918, perhaps the most feared, efficient, and deadly Allied Corps on the Western Front the Canadian Corps.
Part 4: SLAUGHTER in the MUD: The Canadians at Passchendaele – 1917
In mid-summer 1917, the British Commander, Sir Douglas Haig, launches an offensive from the city of Ypres. Three months later, a quarter of a million of his soldiers have fallen, killed, wounded, or drowned in mud. To turn his failed offensive into a victory, Haig orders the Canadians to take the ridge and village of Passchendaele. In three weeks of vicious fighting, in mud, sleet, and snow, the Canadians take Passchendaele, making it a great victory. For each two meters gained, one man goes down.